Born 1953, Charleville, Queensland. Lives and works Brisbane.
Selected Solo Exhibitions
Embassy, Cairns Indigenous Art Fair, Cairns & Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane
Richard Bell: Imagining Victory (touring exhibition), Casula Powerhouse, Sydney; Western Plains Cultural Centre, Dubbo; Bathurst Regional Art Gallery; Wollongong Art Gallery; Murray Art Museum Albury; RMIT Gallery, Melbourne; Gosford Regional Gallery & Arts Centre
Embassy, Performa 15, New York City
Embassy, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, Perth
Imagining Victory, Artspace, Sydney.
A Suppository of All Wisdom, Milani Gallery, Brisbane.
Lessons On Etiquette And Manners, Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne.
2011 - 13
Uz Vs. Them, touring Tufts University, Boston; University of Kentucky, Kentucky; Victoria H. Myhren Gallery, University of Denver, Denver; Indiana University Art Museum, Indiana.
You'd Believe Me If I Was A White Man, Milani Gallery, Brisbane.
I Am Not Sorry, Location One, New York, USA
Richard Bell: Provocateur, University Of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane.
Scratch An Aussie Milani Gallery, Brisbane.
Window Shopping, Gertrude Street Contemporary Art Space, Melbourne.
Psalm Singing, Bellas Milani Gallery, Brisbane.
Richard Bell: Positivity, Institute Of Modern Art, Brisbane.
Transition, Bellas Milani Gallery, Brisbane.
Colour, Bellas Milani Gallery, Brisbane.
Made Men, Metroarts, Brisbane.
Discomfort, FireWorks Gallery, Brisbane.
A Few Good Men, Fireworks Gallery, Brisbane.
Text Ya, Hogarth Gallery, Sydney.
Prospectus .38, Tandanya Aboriginal Cultural Institute, Adelaide.
Prospectus .44, Gabrielle Pizzi Gallery, Melbourne.
Prospectus .303, Aboriginal Cultural Centre, Armidale.
Prospectus .25, Moree Regional Gallery, NSW.
Prospectus .22, Fire-Works Gallery, Brisbane.
Pretty: Serious, Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, Townsville.
This Black + White Thin, Spring Hill Baths, Brisbane.
Black + White Thing, Moree Regional Gallery, NSW.
Selected Group Exhibitions
Over the Fence: Contemporary Indigenous Photography from the Corrigan Collection, University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane
Beyond the tower: 40 years and counting, University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane
20th Biennale of Sydney, Musuem of Contemporary Art, Sydney
Sonsbeek 2016, Dutch Art Institute, Arnhem, Netherlands
BELL invites..., SMBA Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
Trigger Points, Palitz Gallery, Syracuse University, New York State
Embassy: Richard Bell + Emory Douglas, Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia, Adelaide
When Silence Falls, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
Propositions Three, Milani Gallery, Brisbane
Performa 15, New York City, United States of America
Neither Back Nor Forward: Acting in the Present, 16th Jakarta Biennale 2015, Jakarta, Indonesia
The 8th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT8), Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane
9/11, MOANA Project Space, Perth
Reflex, Figment, Engine Room, Massey University, Wellington, New Zealand
All Power to the People: Transcending Borders, Richard Bell & Emory Douglas, Milani Gallery, Brisbnae, Queensland
Blakout, Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney, New South Wales
See You at the Barricades, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, New South Wales
Archibald Prize 2015, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, New South Wales
Action at a Distance: The Life and Legacy of John Stewart Bell, Naughton Gallery, Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Giving Voice: The Art of Dissent, Salamanca Arts Centre, Hobart, Tasmania.
The Working Life, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane.
Protest Songs: Artful Actions, Lismore Regional Gallery, Lismore, New South Wales.
Conflict: Contemporary responses to war, University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane.
My Country, I Still Call Australia Home (touring), Auckland Art Gallery Toi O Tamaki, Auckland, New Zealand.
Asian Art Biennial, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Art, Taiwan.
The Fifth Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia.
Sakahàn, The National Gallery of Canada, Ottowa.
My Country, I Still Call Australia Home, Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane.
Plan B, Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, Victoria.
Edge of Elsewhere, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Sydney.
Propositions, Milani Gallery, Brisbane.
2011 - 12
Ten Years of Contemporary Art: The James C Sourris AM Collection, Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane.
4th Auckland Triennal: Last Ride in a Hot Air Balloon, Auckland, New Zealand.
Terra Nullius, ACC Galerie, Weimar & HALLE 14, Leipzig, Germany.
Marelle: The Hidden Mission, Penrith Regional Gallery, New South Wales.
Scratch An Aussie, Biennale of Sydney, Sydney.
Half Light, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney.
Revolutions: Forms That Turn, 2008 Biennale of Sydney, Sydney, Australia.
New Millenium, Lismore Regional Gallery, Lismore, NSW.
Human Rights Arts & Film Festival, Carlton Studios, Melbourne.
Culture Warriors: National Indigenous Art Triennial, NGA Canberra (touring exhibition 2007-9)
Power & Beauty, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne.
Sunshine State, Smart State, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Sydney.
The Independence Project, Galeri Petronas, Kuala Lumpur. Malaysia.
Parallel Lives: New Painting in Australia, TarraWarra Museum of Art, Melbourne.
Recent Acquisitions, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney.
Queensland Live, Queensland Art Gallery Touring exhibition (2005 - 08).
Blak Insights, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane.
2004, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne.
The White Show Bellas Gallery, Brisbane.
Lines II, Fire-Works Gallery, Brisbane.
Dreamtime: The Dark and The Light, Sammlung Essl, Austria.
The White Desert, Bellas Gallery, Brisbane.
A Few of My Favourite Things, Fireworks Gallery, Brisbane.
1999 - 2000
The new Republics, Touring Adelaide, England, Canada, South Africa.
Heritage Award, Canberra.
Heritage Award, Canberra.
Telstra National Indigenous Art Award, Museum and Art Gallery of Northern Territory, Darwin.
Heritage Award, Canberra.
1994 - 95
True Colours, Touring London, Liverpool, Leicester, Perth, Perth, Sydney.
Australian Perspecta, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney.
Aratjara, Dusseldorf, London, Humelbaek.
Australian Aboriginal Art, Bomani Gallery, San Francisco.
Ian Abdulla, Richard Bell, Harry Wedge, Boomalli Aboriginal Artists' Cooperative, Sydney.
Plenty Of Campfires, Space Plentitude, Brisbane.
Political Works, Space Plentitude, Brisbane.
1992 - 93
9th Sydney Biennale, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney.
Stories, Kerava Museum, Helsinki.
Aboriginal*Crisis* Live, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane.
Flash Pictures, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.
Unfamiliar Territory: Adelaide Biennial Of Australian ArT- Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide.
Balance, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane.
Aboriginal Art: Urban And Tribal, Wiumulli, Brisbane.
Awards & Prizes
Creative Australia Fellowship, the Australian Council for the Arts
Finalist, Archibald Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
Winner, National Telstra Indigenous Art Award, Museum and Art Gallery of Northern Territory.
Winner, National Aboriginal Art Award, Gold Coast Arts Centre.
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.
Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth
Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane.
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne.
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney.
University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane.
Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane
Gold Coast City Art Gallery.
Flinders University, Victoria.
Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, Townsville.
Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney.
101 Contemporary Australian Artists. Edited by Kelly Gellatly, The Council of Trustees of the National Gallery of Victoria, 2012, pp. 7, 30-31.
20th Biennial of Sydney: The Future is Already Here, It’s Just Not Evenly Distributed. Biennial of Sydney Ltd., 2016, pp.132-133.
5th Moscow Biennial of Contemporary Art: Bolshe Sveta, More Light. Edited by Catherine De Zegher, Institute of Contemporary Art, Moscow, 2013.
Bell, Richard, et al. Richard Bell: Lessons on Etiquette and Manners. Monash University Museum of Art, 2013.
Bell, Richard, et al. Richard Bell: Positivity. Institute of Modern Art, 2007.
Bell, Richard, et al. “Contemporary Art and its audiences: A Queensland View, Roundtable Discussion.” GOMA Q: Contemporary Queensland Art. Edited by Rebecca Mutch, Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art, 2015, pp. 14-25.
Conland, Natasha. Last Ride in a Hot Air Balloon: The 4th Auckland Triennial. Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, 2010, pp. 62-63, 122.
Fisher, Laura. “The Art/Ethnography Binary: Post-Colonial Tensions within the Field of Australian Aboriginal Art.” Cultural Sociology, vol. 6, no. 2, 2012, pp. 251-270.
Foley, Gary. “Richard Bell: Cultural Warrior and Cosmic Avenger.” Edge of Elsewhere, Campbelltown Arts Centre, 2014, pp. 35-36.
Geczy, Adam, et al. “Insurgence at the Museum of Democracy: An Interview.” Art Monthly Australia, Summer 2013, pp. 13-15.
Gordon, Craig, and Ryan Presley. Over the Fence: Contemporary Indigenous Photography from the Corrigan Collection. University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane, 2016, pp. 76-77.
Maju Kena, Mundur Kena: Bertindak Sekarang. Jakarta Biennial, 2015, pp. 126-127.
McLean, Ian. Rattling Spears: A History of Indigenous Australian Art. Reaktion Books Ltd, 2016, pp. 223, 237-8, 248-9.
Murray, Genevieve. “Contested Space: Art and the Right to the City (In Conversation with Keg De Souza and Richard Bell).” Assemble Papers, issue #6 2016, pp. 8-17.
Putsch: proppaNOW. Tandanya - National Aboriginal Cultural Institute, 2010, pp.18-19.
Reilly, Maura. Richard Bell: Uz vs. Them. American Federation of Arts, 2011.
Robb, Leigh. Richard Bell: Embassy. Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, 2014.
Sakahan: International Indigenous Art. National Gallery of Canada, 2013, pp.160-161.
The 8th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art. Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art, 2015, pp. 242.
The Brisbane Club. The James C. Sourris Collection: Selected Works. James C. Souriss, 2010, pp. 6, 14-17.